In 2009  123 the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a three year project \'West Yorkshire: Our Stories’ aimed at increasing community participation with both the archive service and local heritage. One element of this project is the Accreditation Scheme which has been developed to create a benchmark of best practice which groups will be able to work towards at their own pace. See below for more information. WYAS Accreditation leaflet

How does it work?

The scheme has been designed to be as comprehensive as possible and cover all aspects of a community heritage group\'s anticipated work, from using public spaces to caring for collections. The accreditation scheme will provide a new hub of information for all community heritage groups. Whether you are a new group needing advice on how to get going or an established group looking for ways to branch out into new areas, the accreditation scheme will provide both the structure and information sources needed.

This pack has been broken down into easy to understand sections that can be worked through either in isolation or as part of the scheme as a whole and there is no time limit on the accreditation process.

See our FAQ\'s here - and even more information can be found in the scheme\'s Introduction


While you are free to make use of these resources you can only recieve the Accreditation Stamp after you have registered with the West Yorkshire Archive Service. So either download and return the sign up form below OR email OR call 0113 393 9775. 


Accessing the Accreditation scheme online

This part of the website is dedicated to th WYAS community archive Accreditation scheme. We have tried to make it as easy to access as possible. You can either download the entire Accreditation scheme pack using the download tab below OR you can access it online and download specific sections.

You can use the tabs on the right hand side to access each section of the scheme. Which are as follows;


Each section has a checklist at the end which needs to be completed and where relevant evidenced. You can download a copy of the full set of checklists from the navigation bar.


Think your group will be interested? Then download the form below or contact us at


Download the Accreditation Scheme SIGN UP form.


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